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The role of Teaching Assistants has changed fundamentally over the past few years.  The role has become more professional in its approach and offers a great resource for schools and support for teachers. 

This development programme was especially designed for Teaching Assistants and those staff that work directly with pupils.  Using the research from the EEF funded project Making the Best Use of Teaching Assistant the programme covered:

  • What do we mean by professionalism?
  • TA Standards
  • Skills development
  • Dealing with Challenging Behaviour
  • Promoting Effective Learning including Emotional Intelligence, Accelerated Learning Cycle, Metacognition
  • Developing Creativity
  • Safeguarding Practices
  • Team Working
  • Need to Knows – Planning and Assessment
  • Involving Parents/Carers
  • Effective Interventions
  • Learning Environments
  • Questioning Skills
  • Effective Feedback
  • Emotional and Social Well-being
  • Monitoring Impact and Progress
  • Developing Resilience and ‘Grit’
  • Mindsets

Participants were also given a gap task related to the session to embed the learning.  They also had to complete a final session presentation based on the title ‘The Difference We Make’. This presentation needed to show how the themes and topics from the programme were being used to evidence the invaluable work of the Teaching Assistants.

The course provided a mix of input via remote learning, activities and personal review and reflection.

The programme’s key aims were to offer practical tools and tips to support staff in developing their role and skills to enable them to provide the best education possible for the students at New Bridge.  We also wanted to inspire and give confidence to staff to enable them to support their students across the school and recognise their contribution.

Programme Facilitators – Julie Bowdidge and Helen Butler